Individuals who are interested in a proposed 11-day trip to China this fall, which is being offered through Citslinc International and the Estevan Chamber of Commerce, were able to learn more about the journey during a meeting on January 21.
Citslinc representative Peter Liu discussed the trip, which is tentatively slated to run from October 23 to November 2.
The cost is $2,299, which includes round trip international airfare expenses from Toronto to China, the Chinese domestic airfare costs, hotel accommodations, tour bus transportation, three meals a day, fees for all attractions on the itinerary and more. Anyone who takes the trip will still be responsible for airfare from Regina to Toronto, their spending money and extra attractions that they visit.
Cities included on the tour are Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. There will be some time allotted for business meetings and visits, but most of the trip will be tour-oriented and sightseeing.
At least 10 people from Estevan are needed to make the trip happen this fall. They can accommodate up to 60. If there aren't at least 10 interested people, arrangements could be made with Chambers in other cities, but it might result in different departure and return dates.
Estevan Chamber of Commerce community development manager Michel Cyrenne will travel to China in March on a similar trip with other Chamber executives from Canada. Cyrenne is the first Chamber representative from Saskatchewan to travel through Citslinc.
"They've been doing it in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Manitoba for a number of years," he said.
Cyrenne's excursion will have a greater business focus, but there will still be sight-seeing opportunities.
"I'll be meeting with various political people and business people, and members of Canadian Chambers of Commerce as well," said Cyrenne.
Cyrenne heard a Citslinc representative speak about travels to China at the national Chamber of Commerce convention last fall. He then brought the idea to the local Chamber's executive, who thought it would be good for Cyrenne to travel to the Asian nation.
Cyrenne said the Chamber will continue to promote the trip until mid-July. Those who are interested in going on the trip, but couldn't attend the informational evening, can still join the trip to China.